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Just announced: George the Poet, 23rd October.

George the Poet

23 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets 

Following his critically acclaimed headline tour of 2015, alongside the release of his debut book, the Brit-nominated Poet is back with his cleverest, most entertaining offering to date. The Search Party Tour is a live mix of storytelling and satire, delivered in George's groundbreaking style of musical theatre.

Through an array of characters and scenarios portrayed in the Poet's breathtaking new material, the audience is invited to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time, ranging from mental health to climate change. The show calls for better dialogue between government, industry and media, in addition to greater public engagement, as reflected in its interactive element (a new dimension of George's highly anticipated return to the stage). George will deliver a lyrical story in an inimitable style of narration, designed to leave all present both moved and informed.  

Just announced: Dubioza Kolektiv, 29th November.

Dubioza Kolektiv

29 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Formed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003, Dubioza Kolektiv blend local Balkan flavours with musical influences from all over the world, with elements of ska, punk, reggae, electronica, hip-hop forming their unique sound.

Dubioza Kolektiv were established at a time when in the region there was no music industry, few concerts and no space for cultural or political expression among the new crop of plugged in youth. In fact, the entire region was reeling from deep moral and economic stagnation. It was from this environment that Dubioza Kolektiv was born, and not quietly, but kicking and screaming, presenting no-go topics front and centre, and demanding to be heard. In doing so, they created a phenomenon. And it has continued in this vein ever since.

Fast forward to 2016, we find band continues stronger than ever, already established itself as among the best and most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, hallmarked by their most recent musical release “Happy Machine”, perhaps their most provocative album to date.

Just announced: Dubioza Kolektiv, 29th November.

Dubioza Kolektiv

29 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Formed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003, Dubioza Kolektiv blend local Balkan flavours with musical influences from all over the world, with elements of ska, punk, reggae, electronica, hip-hop forming their unique sound.

Dubioza Kolektiv were established at a time when in the region there was no music industry, few concerts and no space for cultural or political expression among the new crop of plugged in youth. In fact, the entire region was reeling from deep moral and economic stagnation. It was from this environment that Dubioza Kolektiv was born, and not quietly, but kicking and screaming, presenting no-go topics front and centre, and demanding to be heard. In doing so, they created a phenomenon. And it has continued in this vein ever since.

Fast forward to 2016, we find band continues stronger than ever, already established itself as among the best and most popular live outfits in Eastern Europe, hallmarked by their most recent musical release “Happy Machine”, perhaps their most provocative album to date.

Just announced: Baked a La Ska, 22nd December.

Baked a La Ska

22 December / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Baked A La Ska are the heavy heavy sound of Manchester ska; an 11 piece band of assembled oddballs and pranksters fronted by an unholy trio of singers and featuring one of the tightest rhythm sections in Manchester with the "chops to make you drop".

Beer & Blues Weekend: All you need to know!

Here’s everything you need to know:
We kick off on Friday night with Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, fronted by powerful vocalist and virtuosic guitarist Big Boy Bloater. Bloater cut his teeth in R&B six-piece the Southside Stompers, before taking centre stage in his own blues outfit. Jools Holland cited him “one of the greatest bluesmen of our time” and DJ Mark Lamarr put down the funds for a vinyl run of the single Whammy, just so he could own a copy! Support on Friday Night comes from Chris ‘King’ Robinson.
Winner of the 'Best Female Vocalist’ prize at the British Blues Awards, Jo Harman gets us rolling on Saturday. She recently recorded a new album in Nashville with producer Fred Mollin (Carole King, Barbra Streisand), and this young talent is already giving artists 30 years her senior a run for their money.
As Jo Harman’s set adjourns, we have afternoon acoustics courtesy of two North West’s most erudite bluesmen, Serious Sam Barrett and SJ Downes, live in our Picturehouse Bar. These afternoon sessions take you through to the final headline act of the weekend; a special collaboration between Connie Lush and Kyla Brox.
Connie Lush recently returned from a European tour, and like Brox is nominated for 'Best Female Vocalist' at the 2016 British Blues Awards. Her album Renaissance, released late last year, also finds itself in the Best album category, confirming her performance and recording pedigree. Brox is known to many as a soulful and emotive vocalist; the daughter of pianist and bluesman Victor Brox, whom she first appeared on stage with at Band on the Wall at the age of 12. Her latest album Throw Away Your Blues is an affirmation of her talents, with BluesDoodles giving the album a 10/10 rating.
Lush and Brox are set to perform spellbinding individual sets, but expect fireworks when the two bands join forces for a spectacular finale…
Here’s the ales we have confirmed so far:

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